Brazil: Brazil prosecutors hit ex-president Lula with more corruption charges

Author(s): Brad Brooks | Date: December 15, 2016 | Language: English
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Prosecutors on Thursday charged former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, his wife and a former finance minister with more corruption charges in the investigation of graft at state-run oil company Petrobras.
It is up to federal judge Sergio Moro to decide if the new charges will result in another trial for Lula, who is already accused in Moro’s court in southern Brazil with separate corruption charges. A ruling on those charges is not expected before late January or early February.
Lula, an extremely popular two-term president who left office in January 2011, faces another trial on graft charges in a Brasilia court, but a start date has not been set.
Lula’s lawyers have repeatedly said that he is innocent of all accusations. In an emailed statement Thursday night, lawyer Cristiano Martins called the latest charges “a work of fiction.”

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